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DEREK SPOONER  |  Executive Director
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Derek Spooner, M.A., is a non-profit, management and fundraising professional with a strong background in program and fund development, operational design, data analysis, communications, marketing and team motivation.

After working for Stevenson Children’s Camp and Western University, Derek went on to build dynamic and profitable fundraising teams at Artsmarketing Services Inc., and Free The Children in Toronto. His portfolio includes $9.04M in fulfilled gifts between 2011 to 2016 for the Toronto International Film Festival, Save The Children Canada, The New England Aquarium, The Boston Museum of Science, The Chicago Memorial Children’s Hospital and Mirvish Theatre Productions.

In 2015, he was appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund where he developed their first-ever donor database, executed their first holiday giving campaign and saw a 43% increase in revenue for their signature event, the March for Music Therapy. Derek continues to consult on the side, helping small and grassroots organizations find funding to help them achieve their goals and enhance our communities. Most recently, Derek was involved in business development for The Glory Hole Gallery, a micro-art gallery housed at Glad Day Bookshop and which focuses on shining a spotlight on emerging LGBTQ+ artists.

Derek holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Social Justice and Peace Studies and Women’s Studies, with a Minor in Film Studies (2008) and a Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies (2009) from Western University.

A trained actor, Derek studied theatre and film at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and the New School University in New York City. He loves to paint, draw and write and hopes to get into screenwriting and filmmaking in the years to come. Derek is excited to learn more about community-based arts and how we can continue to make a positive impact in the Scarborough community, and beyond.

MONICA GUTIERREZ  |  Development + Partnership Manager
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Monica Gutierrez is a Colombian arts administrator, filmmaker and visual artist based in Toronto, Canada. She holds a bachelor of Fine Arts (York University), and a Masters in Adult Education and Community Development (OISE, University of Toronto).

She comes into arts administration through experience on the ground through facilitation and coordination of arts programs. Her community arts experience includes work with: VIBE Arts, ArtStarts, WhipperSnapper Gallery, MABELLEArts, and ArtsCorps amongst others. She has also offered digital storytelling programs across the City of Toronto, including work with school boards through an Artists in Education, Ontario Arts Council Grant. Her main interests include art for social change, the arts as an avenue for self-expression and activism. She has directed The Sunflower Man (2017); Poetry Saved Our Lives (2016); Crude Gold (2015); and Raptors Amongst Us (2016), a TVO Short Doc semi-finalist broadcasted in 2016. 

MARIANNE RELLIN  |  Marketing + Communications Coordinator
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Marianne Rellin is a graduate of the University of Toronto Scarborough where she specialized in Arts Management and in Art History. She is interested in community and socially-engaged art and other contemporary art practices that bring art and the public closer together. Marianne’s work and volunteer experience includes working at CARFAC Ontario, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Exclaim! magazine, and for the City of Toronto – specifically for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Previously, she was on the Board of Directors of Kapisanan Centre for Arts + Culture. Marianne also creates and performs music with the all-women music collective, Pantayo. Pantayo has performed at the Music Gallery, Wavelength Festival, Y+ Contemporary, and The Weaving Hand Studio in New York. 

SANDRA RUCH  |  Interim Administrator + Gallery Programmer
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Sandra Ruch recently joined the team at Scarborough Arts as the Interim Administrator and Gallery Programmer. She comes to the organization with 19 years of experience in non-profit administration, operations, fundraising, program development, and event coordination. Sandra is passionate about social activism and women’s rights and advocacy. As the National Coordinator at the nonprofit organization, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace from 2009 to 2018, Sandra has been instrumental in developing the Youth Mentoring Program. Sandra also works as a Life Cycle Officiant, and has spent the last 10 years volunteering with Turtle Island Humanitarian Aid.

ALICE NORTON-BELL  |  Administrator + Gallery Programmer
(On Maternity Leave)
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Alice Norton-Bell is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information (iSchool) where she obtained both a Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) and a Master of Information (MI) with specializations in Library and Information Science (LIS) as well as Archives and Records Management (ARM). She also holds a Bachelor of Arts, Hons. with majors in English and Book and Media Studies. 

Alice’s previous experience includes positions at the the Toronto Public Library, the Museum of Inuit Art, the John M. Kelly Library, the Multicultural History Society of Ontario, Sick Kids Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital – Patient and Family Learning Centre, and various academic committees including acting as the Vice President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and Chairing the iSchool’s Tech Fund.  Alice has also acted as a contributor to various exhibits displayed across Toronto including shows at the Toronto Railway Museum, the Toronto Ward Museum, the University of Toronto’s Robarts Library, the University of Toronto Scarborough’s Instructional Centre, Massey College Library, and of course the Bluffs Gallery. 

Alice started with Scarborough Arts in June of 2017 as a Gallery Assistant, taking on the role of Communications Assistant in November of 2017, and has now been working as the organization’s Administrator and Gallery Programmer since April of 2018. She has a love for all cultural institutions and is passionate about supporting the diversity of arts and culture within the many unique artistic communities throughout Scarborough and the GTA. 


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